A divided National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) issued its long-anticipated Final Rule governing union representation-case procedure. The Board majority asserts that the Rule is intended to “modernize election processes, enhance transparency, and eliminate litigation and delay.” However, many refer to the changes as “ambush election rules,” and dissenting Board members assert that the Rule diminishes the Board’s role, offends due process, free speech and privacy rights, and is generally unwarranted. The Rule represents dramatic changes for the union organizing process. Among many other things, the rule allows for electronic filing and other mechanisms. The new procedures will take effect on April 14, 2015. The full text of the Rule is available here and an NLRB fact sheet and comparison chart are available here. For more details, see our client briefing, NLRB Issues Final Rule Regarding Representation Cases.